[IAEP] Join us in discussing quality of short math videos: Next Vista online event Thursday 9pm ET

Maria Droujkova droujkova at gmail.com
Wed Feb 8 09:35:27 EST 2012

 Next Vista and quality of videosJoin Rushton Hurley and Corinne Takara of Next
Vista <http://www.nextvista.org/> in this discussion of math video
projects, video quality and the recent video contest.

All events in the Math Future weekly series:
The recording will be at http://mathfuture.wikispaces.com/NextVista
 *How to join*

   - Follow this link at the time of the event: *
   - Thursday, February 9th we will meet online at 6:00pm Pacific, 9:00pm
   Eastern time. WorldClock for your time
   - Click "OK" and "Accept" several times as your browser installs the
   software. When you see Session Log-In, enter your name and click the
   "Login" button
   - If this is your first time, come a few minutes earlier to check out
   the technology. The room opens half an hour before the event.

Rubrics for a good video: First draftPlease comment!

Maybe we can group rubrics by themes?
Should we stop separating positive qualities and problems, but instead
formulate everything in positive terms?
It would be nice if reviewers could add "like" or something to videos they
liked then and there, and leave comments by videos, as well.

Positive qualities

   - Fun, engaging (Linda)
   - Handwriting - easy to relate to, engaging (Linda)
   - Sum up the topic at the end (Linda, Marie B.)
   - Quality is good enough for mobile devices (Linda)
   - Clear speaking, well-modulated, enthusiastic, friendly, confident
   voice, good pace of speech (Linda, Marie B.)
   - Beautiful animations, computer graphics, special effects (Linda, Marie
   B., Maria D.)
   - Use of underlining, color, arrows and other visual elements for
   structure (Linda, Marie B.)
   - Captioning (Linda, Marie B.)
   - Multiple representations of math (Murray, Maria D.)
   - Show and explain why the content is needed (Marie B., Julia, Murray,
   Maria D.)
   - Creative use of familiar, everyday analogies, especially beautiful,
   funny or cute ones (Marie B., Mike, Maria D.)
   - Repetition, with different visuals or examples (Linda, Marie B.)
   - Clear diagrams (Marie B.)
   - Good pace (Linda, Marie B.)
   - Makes people laugh (Marie B., Maria D.)
   - Historical references, background of the topic (Marie B.)
   - Clear focus on helping the target audience, and good understanding of
   who they are (Julia, Rushton, Murray)
   - Demonstrated love, joy, and care about the topic and math in general
   - One (short) video, one concept (Murray)
   - Separate information clearly into component parts and structure the
   sequence of parts well (Murray, Maria D.)
   - Use open licensed (for example, Creative Commons) media or cite
   copyrighted media under Fair Use guidelines (Murray)
   - Easy prompts such as whiteboard, showing that anyone can easily make a
   video (Linda, Maria D.)
   - Use physical actions by actors to show/personify mathematical actions;
   for example, moving like terms physically through the room (Mike)
   - Straightforward examples (Mike)
   - Prompts and jump points that can easily start discussions or hands-on
   activities (Mike)
   - Involving family and friends (Marie B., Maria D.)
   - Visuals (even briefly "flashed") bringing attention to key words in a
   spoken sentence (Maria D.)
   - Using a coherent theme for analogies in the video (Maria D.)
   - Collection of all tricky, border case examples to warn of pitfalls
   (Maria D.)

Problems, detractors, issues

   - Just showing symbols, without/before the meaning (Linda, Murray)
   - Symbols or text beyond reading levels of the target audience (Linda)
   - Too long (Linda)
   - Examples too easy for the concept (Linda)
   - Additional concepts implicitly required to understand (Linda)
   - Math mistakes: watch out for incorrect definitions, broken analogies,
   or too-broad claims (Linda, Marie B., Murray)
   - Distracting music making it hard to concentrate (Marie B.)

Event Hosts*[image: RushtonHurley.png][image: CorinneOkada.jpg]Rushton
Hurley* is the executive director of Next Vista <http://www.nextvista.org/>.
He has taught at the high school and college level, been a school
principal, worked with charter and traditional schools, and organized and
run an online school. His graduate school background at Stanford includes
exploring technology-enhanced learning through multi-media and speech
recognition. Starting with his professional experiences and training, and
adding having built connections to interested educators around the world,
he is in a strong position to advance this project. Even better, the idea
of helping students become more engaged in and confident with their
learning is one that drives his passion and resources to make this project
succeed. Give him a few minutes, and he'll convince you, too.

*Corinne Takara* is the executive director of Next Vista and the owner of
Okada design. She is a mixed media artist and arts educator, creating large
installation pieces for hospitals and private collections. Corinne teaches
craft workshops at various museums in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Maria Droujkova

Make math your own, to make your own math
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